On This Day

Events in History in December 1985

  • Dec 1 STS 61-C vehicle moves to launch pad
  • Dec 1 South Africa's Cosatu union centre forms
  • Dec 2 Philipine Chief of Staff General Fabian speaks of Benigno Aquino's murder
  • Dec 3 23rd Shuttle Mission (61-B)-Atlantis 2-lands at Edwards AFB

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Dec 4 French President François Mitterrand receives Polish leader Wojciech Jaruzelski

21st President of France François Mitterrand
21st President of France
François Mitterrand

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Dec 4 President Reagan appoints Vice Admiral John Poindexter as security adviser

US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 5 Dow Jones Industrial Average rose above 1,500 level for 1st time
  • Dec 5 Great Britain performs nuclear test
  • Dec 5 Sam Shepard's "Lie of the Mind" premieres in NYC
  • Dec 7 Atlantis (61-B) returns to Kennedy Space Center via Kelly AFB
  • Dec 8 Ken O'Brien's 96 yard TD pass (NY Jet record) to Wesley Walker
  • Dec 9 Phoenix, Arizona, gets 3" of snow

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Dec 9 Argentinian Junta leaders Jorge Rafael Videla and Emilio Eduardo Massera sentenced to life imprisonment for human rights violations in Buenos Aires

Dictator and President of Argentina Jorge Rafael Videla
Dictator and President of Argentina
Jorge Rafael Videla
  • Dec 10 Bill to balance the federal budget passed by US Congress
  • Dec 11 Computer store owner in Sacramento California killed by package bomb
  • Dec 11 Dow Jones closes above 1,500 for 1st time (1,511.70)
  • Dec 12 248 US soldiers & 8 crew members die in Arrow Air charter crash
  • Dec 12 DC-8 crashes near Gander, Newfoundland; 258 die
  • Dec 12 NASA launches space vehicle S-207

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Dec 14 US Secretary of State George P. Shultz arrives in West Berlin

US Secretary of State George P. Shultz
US Secretary of State
George P. Shultz
  • Dec 16 Challenger moves to Vehicle Assembly Building at Kennedy Space Center (Florida) for mating of STS 51-L mission

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Dec 16 John Gotti assumes leadership of New York's Gambino crime family after ordering the executions of Paul Castellano and Thomas Bilotti

Gangster John Gotti
Gangster
John Gotti
  • Dec 18 UN Security Council unanimously condemns "acts of hostage-taking"
  • Dec 19 Mary Lund is 1st woman to receive a Jarvik VII artificial heart at Abbott Northwestern Hospital, Minneapolis
  • Dec 19 STS 61-C scrubbed at T -13s because of SRB auxiliary power problem
  • Dec 20 Position of American Poet Laureate established (Robert Warren is 1st)
  • Dec 21 ARCO Anchorage runs aground near Port Angeles, WA
  • Dec 22 STS 51-L vehicle moves to Launch Pad 39B

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Dec 27 Terrorists kill 20 and wound 110 attacking El Al at Rome and Vienna airports. President Reagan blames Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi.

Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader Muammar Gaddafi
Libyan Revolutionary and Authoritarian Leader
Muammar Gaddafi
US President & Actor Ronald Reagan
US President & Actor
Ronald Reagan
  • Dec 28 US performs nuclear test at Nevada Test Site
  • Dec 28 Warring Lebanese Muslim & Christian leaders sign peace agreement
  • Dec 30 IBM-PC DOS Version 3.2 released
  • Dec 30 Pakistan restores constitution